Death is the physical being who rules the Twilight World, an immortal Final Guide to the afterlife. He was once a mortal man, one of a long succession of men who have made a pact to serve in the underworld, selected by the Eternal Council. Before he crossed over, he fathered a daughter, Scarlett. Death is not permitted to have children, even in his mortal life, because some of the necromantic power with which he is invested inevitably leaks over to his offspring in the mortal world. Ironically, this makes Scarlett his best hope for defending the balance from the Undead Archon, who has violated even greater natural laws.